The City of Spokane and the Washington Department of Health have confirmed the need for a new reservoir in Spokane’s South Hill/Lincoln Heights pressure zone. The additional reservoir will ensure adequate supplies of water for drinking, indoor household uses, fire protection, and irrigation for residents who live on Spokane's South Hill.
Water tank locations must meet the following specifications:
Water tank design must meet the following specifications:
In 2020, a dozen potential site locations were identified in the South Hill/Lincoln Heights pressure zone that met the design requirements. A list of those sites, along with the selection criteria for each site, can be viewed online. Through careful consideration of public input (public meetings and surveys), the City has been able to narrow down the list of potential sites to the three most viable locations: Hamblen Elementary, 37th Avenue, and 31st and Napa. While it is not necessary to meet all site selection criteria, costs increase for each criteria which is not met. That is, the more site selection criteria that are met, the less costs that will be incurred by the City's water rate payers.
The City received 847 responses to the Proposed South Hill Water Reservoir public survey. Eighty-five percent of the survey respondents reside in the South Hill area.
Out of 847 responses, 476 respondents selected Hamblen Elementary as their first choice for the location of the water tank, while only 188 selected 31st and Napa as their first choice and only 183 selected 37th Avenue as their first choice. As such, Hamblen Elementary received the highest ranked choice score.
Moving forward, the City will continue discussions with Spokane Public Schools regarding the feasibility of this location.
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To review the list of answers to frequently asked questions, see South Hill/Lincoln Heights Water Tank FAQs (PDF 781 KB).